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Starlight’s Meyer Sound LEO System Powers Gyllene Tider Swedish Tour

The Swedish pop group Gyllene Tider recently embarked on its first tour in nine years, performing mostly in large outdoor stadiums throughout Sweden. For the 19-show tour, Stockholm-based sound provider Starlight provided a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

“The LEO system was new to me, but I was extremely impressed from the start by its long-throw capabilities,” says Anders Molund, FOH engineer for Gyllene Tider. “The detail of LEO’s sound is very revealing, even at long distances, while the system’s small size and weight are also very beneficial.

Although this was Molund’s first tour with Gyllene Tider, he has long used Meyer Sound equipment during his many tours with pop rock duo Roxette, which also features Gyllene Tider frontman Per Gessle. It was a logical decision for Molund to choose Meyer Sound again for Gyllene Tider.

“As ever with Meyer Sound, I love the way that different product lines perform well together,” says Molund. “For example, on this tour we used LEO loudspeakers with M3D line array loudspeakers, and were able to get even coverage without any problems.”

Assisted by system engineers Thomas Malbeck and Fredrik Arwidsson of Starlight, Molund mixed on a main system of 16 LEO-M and two MICA® line array loudspeakers per side, while front fill consisted of eight MICA loudspeakers and six JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers. For larger shows, outfill hangs of six M3D line array loudspeakers per side were added. Low end was provided by 24 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements in an end-fire array configuration. Drive and alignment were handled by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system featuring four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and one Galileo 616 processor.

“We carried an additional 12 M3D loudspeakers to use for delay towers, but with LEO’s impressively long throw, we only had to use the delays for a few shows,” says Molund.

The touring system also included DiGiCo SD5 and SD10 consoles, while the band used microphones from beyerdynamic, DPA, Sennheiser, and Shure, as well as an Optocore fiber-based network system.

Best known for its Swedish pop hit “Sommartider,” Gyllene Tider is one of Sweden’s most successful pop acts. Since its 1985 breakup, the band has reunited several times, culminating in this most recent tour.

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New York’s Goldcrest Post Builds a “Wow” Room with Meyer Sound Cinema System

Located in New York’s West Village, film postproduction facility Goldcrest Post has recently launched Mix Theatre Q, its newest mixing room that marks a key component of the company’s growth plans. With the goal to attract new clients to Goldcrest Post, Mix Theatre Q has installed a Dolby-certified Meyer Sound cinema monitoring system.

Goldcrest Post decided it was time to expand when prominent New York audio post facility, Sound One, shuttered its business. “At the time, we had a screening room that was underutilized,” recalls staff re-recording mixer Andy Kris. “I proposed that we create what I call a ‘wow’ room. Other rooms of similar size were popping up, and I was looking for ways to give us the edge. And the Meyer Sound monitors were something that would definitely set us apart.”

With its new audio capabilities, Mix Theatre Q has received uniformly positive feedback from the professional cinema community. To date, prominent mixers who have used the Meyer Sound system in the new mixing room include Dominick Tavella, Martin Czembor, and Eric Hirsch.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from outside mixers,” notes Jim Gardner, studio manager of Goldcrest Post. “When we tell them that we have Meyer monitors in here, they respond that they know them and can trust them.”

Noteworthy projects that were mixed using the new Meyer Sound system in Mix Theater Q include the final season of HBO’s “Treme,” CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” and NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show.”

“On the first mixing sessions,” says Kris, “I immediately noticed the improved imaging. Because the speakers are so precise and so consistent, if you pan a sound element across the LCR speakers and into the surrounds, the character of the sound does not change. The speakers are unbelievably accurate, and create a very uniform sound field.

“You also feel their sheer power,” continues Kris. “All the low frequencies, which are often problematic in mixing rooms, are uniform across the bass spectrum.”

The Meyer Sound monitoring complement includes three Acheron® Studio screen channel loudspeakers, two X-800C studio subwoofers, 10 HMS-5 cinema surround loudspeakers, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 408 processors. The system was provided by Steven Strassberg Associates of New York, and installed by Avi Laniado, with assistance from Goldcrest Post staff engineer Bob Troeller. Acoustical design was handled by David Kahn in the New York office of Acoustic Dimensions.

Completing the room’s premium equipment package are Euphonix S5 Fusion and Avid ICON D-Control ES mixing consoles, MADI-connected Pro Tools HDX and Native systems, an NEC 2K DCI-certified digital cinema projector, and a Vevo BS65K acoustical woven screen.

“With Meyer Sound monitoring, I now have the utmost confidence when mixing,” says Kris. “There’s no more mystery about how it will sound, because I know I’m hearing everything.”

Opened in 2000, New York’s Goldcrest Post is a sister facility to Goldcrest Post in London, which has long been recognized as one of the city’s premier facilities. Both studios are part of the highly diversified, London-based Goldcrest Films enterprise that has produced or co-produced releases such as “Chariots of Fire,” “Escape from New York,” and “Gandhi.”

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BenQ Unveils Product Showcase at GTEC 2013

Display Leader Brings Interactive Digital Signage Panels, ZeroFlicker(TM) Monitors, and Collaborative Projection Technology to Canada’s Top Government Tech Conference

TORONTO — Oct. 3, 2013 — BenQ Canada Corp., the world’s No. 1 DLP(R) projector brand and globally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced its product lineup for GTEC 2013. With an award-winning portfolio of projectors, monitors, and digital signage displays, BenQ will showcase new standards in quality, collaboration, and energy savings designed to satisfy the requirements of today’s government facilities. more

Disney and Christie Sign Technology Supply, Support and Services Agreement for Digital Cinema

The Walt Disney Studios has entered into an agreement with Christie® to provide the latest digital cinema technologies and a variety of professional services for The Walt Disney Studios’ production, post-production, screening rooms and premieres. In addition, Christie’s Managed Services will provide Disney’s accomplished engineering team with round-the-clock support for Disney’s digital cinema facilities, supported by Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) and Christie’s on-site preventative maintenance services.

Jack Kline Christie President and COO


The two companies will share projection technology ideas and innovations to provide audiences with unparalleled movie-going experiences. Disney will have early access to emerging Christie technologies and provide input into product development, including laser projection, 4K projection, and Christie’s Integrated Media Block.

“Disney continues to push the limits of technology and innovation, and we at Christie are honored that we have this long-term opportunity to bring our considerable technology and service resources to bear to support Disney’s movie business,” said Jack Kline, president and COO, Christie Digital Systems USA Inc.

“Our agreement with Christie assures us of leading-edge projection technology and services for our Motion Pictures and our Studio Lot,” said Jeff Miller, President, Studio Operations, The Walt Disney Studios. “We’re also looking forward to working with Christie to refine and improve projection technologies.”

A combination of 2K and 4K Christie Solaria® Series DLP Cinema® projectors will be delivered to Disney in 2013, beginning with Disney’s worldwide headquarters in Burbank, California.

GC Pro Expands Its Offerings to Include Martin® Professional Products

— Company provides customers and GC Pro Affiliate Program members with additional resources for the commercial installation market sector —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, October 3, 2013 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces that, as part of its ongoing growth and expansion, it is now an authorized dealer of products from Martin® Professional, a premium lighting manufacturer headquartered in Denmark and recently acquired by HARMAN International.

Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President, stated, “As we continue to expand into the commercial installation market sector, Martin Lighting is an important brand that helps us provide our customers and affiliate members with comprehensive solutions for their projects. Martin holds either the #1 or #2 market share in almost every product line position they participate in. They are truly a world-class leader in the touring, house-of-worship, cruise ship, night club, live events and television vertical markets. And now, through the strong partnership that Guitar Center has with HARMAN, we’re excited to announce that GC Pro is now an authorized Martin Professional dealer. We have been training our personnel on this product line so they can offer the same expertise here to our clients they bring with all the other brands we represent.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

About Martin® Professional
As a world leader in dynamic lighting solutions, Martin® lighting systems are renowned the world over. Most recently, the outdoor Martin LED lighting system was showcased during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Martin luminaires have also recently been used for live performances by rock acts such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Coldplay as well as for the latest Broadway and West End musicals. Martin is in the process of launching new products across all of its product lines including new models in the award-winning MAC Viper family, as well as new creative LED video products, innovative lighting control solutions, new atmospheric smoke solutions and more.

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Genelec Offers G Series Active Loudspeakers and F Series Active Subwoofers

— Featuring industrial design by award-winning designer Harri Koskinen and Genelec’s R&D team, these new models offer a truly exceptional home audio solution —

NATICK, MA, October 3, 2013 — Genelec is introducing its new G Series Active Loudspeakers and F Series Active Subwoofers. The G Series includes four models: G One (Woofer 3″ + Tweeter 3/4″), G Two (Woofer 4″ + Tweeter 3/4″), G Three (Woofer 5″ + Tweeter 3/4″) and G Four (Woofer 6.5″ + Tweeter 3/4″); and the F Series includes the F One (6″ active) and F Two (8″ active) subwoofers. Both series feature elegant industrial design by award-winning designer Harri Koskinen and Genelec’s R&D team. Used together or separately, the G Series and F Series offer an exceptional home audio solution.

Genelec’s G Series active two-way loudspeakers combine an organic, rounded form with powerful and precise sound reproduction. The gently curving design is not chosen for good looks alone. Sharp edges or corners on a loudspeaker enclosure cause acoustic reflections that interfere with the direct sound. This harmful interference – diffraction – is dramatically reduced by the smooth, curved design of the G Series, audible in the excellent resolution and solid sound imaging of the products. Blending seamlessly to the enclosure shape, the proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) formed around the high-frequency driver is designed to match the frequency response and directivity characteristics of the two drivers. This results in a smooth frequency response on- and off-axis and controlled directivity maximizing the direct sound aimed to the listening area.

Genelec’s F Series active subwoofers are designed to complement G Series loudspeakers in applications where an extended and powerful reproduction of very low frequencies is required. The all-metal construction of the subwoofers hides the driver and connectors on the bottom, leaving the clean form of the enclosure undisturbed. Both models feature connections and bass management for up to 5.1 channels and a comprehensive suite of adjustments for perfect matching to the main loudspeakers and room acoustics.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA

Gainesville location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 252nd store location in the U.S.
Customers can take a “virtual tour” of the store online
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Gainesville to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 3210 SW 35th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32608

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 252nd location, in Gainesville, Florida, on September 5, 2013. The store, located at 3210 SW 35th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32608, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Customers can take a “virtual tour” of the store on the GC website at http://stores.guitarcenter.com/gainesville.

GAINESVILLE STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Gainesville brings an unprecedented selection of products to Gainesville, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Gainesville also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Gainesville includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Gainesville: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Gainesville customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Gainesville will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Gainesville store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Gainesville residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Gainesville Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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Audio-Technica Offers System 10 Rebates

— Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, System 10 avoids TV and DTV interference, offering a cost-effective, high-fidelity wireless solution for houses of worship, musicians/hobbyists, karaoke, corporate applications and more —

STOW, OH, October 2, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is offering rebates of up to $50.00 on its System 10 Digital Wireless systems. Systems purchased from an authorized U.S. Audio-Technica dealer between October 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, will be eligible. Claims must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

End-users will receive rebates on qualifying System 10 purchases as follows:

Any 1 System – $10 Rebate
Any 2 Systems – $25 Rebate
Any 3 Systems – $50 Rebate

Users can register online at register at http://audio-technicaus.4myrebate.com with offer code AUD-10013. Alternatively, buyers may manually complete and mail in this System 10 Wireless Rebate 2013 Form with the required documents indicated.

For complete terms and conditions, please visit System 10 rebates here.

About System 10 Digital Wireless
System 10 offers high-fidelity digital wireless for performing musicians and presenters. Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, System 10 offers advanced 24-bit operation and amazingly clear sound. System 10 wireless ensures clear communications by providing three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, and space. Frequency Diversity sends the signal on two dynamically allocated frequencies for interference-free communication. Time Diversity sends the signal in multiple time slots to maximize immunity to multipath interference. Finally, Space Diversity uses two antennas on each transmitter and receiver to maximize signal integrity.

Multiple system configurations are available, with handheld vocal microphone/transmitters and UniPak® body-pack transmitters designed for use with lavalier, headworn and instrument microphones as well as electric guitars.

System 10 Products and U.S. MSRP:

ATW-1101 UniPak® Transmitter System $489.95
ATW-1101/G Guitar System $524.95
ATW-1101/H Headworn Microphone System $614.95
ATW-1101/H92 Miniature Headworn Microphone System $664.95
ATW-1101/H92TH Miniature (beige) Headworn Microphone System $664.95
ATW-1101/L Lavalier Microphone System $614.95
ATW-1102 Handheld Microphone System $524.95

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Focusrite’s RedNet Showcase at Vintage King Audio Los Angeles Hailed as Success

Focusrite’s acclaimed range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces was displayed and demonstrated on Thursday, September 26, at VKLA

Los Angeles, CA, October 2, 2013 – On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Vintage King Los Angeles (VKLA), located at 1176 W. Sunset Blvd., was the place to be as Focusrite presented a showcase of its acclaimed RedNet Ethernet-networked interfaces, which are based around the industry-standard low-latency Audinate Dante® audio networking system. The event’s attendance read like a who’s-who of the pro audio community, with such leading industry figures present as Chris Lord-Alge, CJ Vanston, Michael Bradford, Dave Reitzas, Herb Tarwick, Al Schmitt, Steve Genewick and Dean Martin Hovey. The daylong event began with individual one-on-one sessions at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., followed by a 7:00 p.m. evening mixer. Also in attendance were members of Vintage King’s Los Angeles sales and support staff, as well as personnel from Focusrite.

“The event was a huge success,” stated Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc. “Vintage King’s Los Angeles facility was the perfect place to hold this event, because of their extensive installation network infrastructure and customer base. The quality time we got to spend with key members of the audio community was an invaluable experience. Everyone at VKLA and Focusrite worked very hard to knock it out of the park, and the results were nothing short of great.”

“This great event has left us with the multi-DAW composer system running and ready for demonstration at Vintage King Los Angeles” stated Shevy Shovlin, Vintage King’s Director of Partner Marketing. “You can see a live system in use, and hear audio being transported in real-time around our showroom and demo studio.”

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Photo Caption 1: Shown L-R: Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc.; Dean Martin Hovey, Founder/Creative Director, Soundwell.tv; Ted White, RedNet Product Specialist; and Shevy Shovlin, Vintage King Audio Director of Partner Marketing Photo by Brian Ulrich. © 2013.

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Photo Caption 2: Shown L-R: Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc.; and legendary producer/engineers Chris Lord-Alge and Al Schmitt. Photo by Brian Ulrich. © 2013.

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TC Furlong Celebrates 40th Anniversary

LAKE FOREST, Illinois—When TC Furlong started his company as the sole proprietor back in 1973 after graduating high school, he and best friend Tom Danley (as in Danley Labs) developed the Steamer loudspeaker, which is still in use today. “I’ve had a keen interest in making things louder since age 12, states TC Furlong. I was and still am fascinated by the idea of amplifying a sound source faithfully. There are a lot of obstacles in achieving high quality sound reinforcement, so it’s always a worthy challenge. Since the mid 60’s, I’ve built a lot of loudspeaker cabinets in the quest for vivid fidelity or in the case of musical instrument speakers, a lush tone.”

During the mid-seventies to mid-eighties, Furlong both manufactured and played as a professional pedal steel player. He founded a regional country/pop band called Jump in the Saddle, and the band went on to achieve a national Top 15 hit with “The Curly Shuffle”.

Another of Furlong’s earliest audio solutions was the development of a sound isolation helmet that would enable an engineer to mix a live radio broadcast while at the front-of-house mix position. It weighed close to 100 pounds. By the late eighties, Furlong’s design and interest in all things audio led to his full-time focus on professional audio sales and system design. Customers were requesting rental products, requiring his support of live events, box sales of his products and those of manufacturers he represents, and even sound reinforcement installations. In the early years, he represented Shure, Ramsa, Soundcraft, Ashley, and many others. The Company is a leader in the spread of wireless microphone systems, and as such, has been a long-standing Sennheiser, Shure, and Lectrosonics dealer.

“Professional audio products have very much evolved since I first started in 1973,” says Furlong. “Probably the two most dramatic examples are digital mixing consoles and loudspeakers. A live sound mixer can have infinitely more mixing tools and do it with a 90% reduction in size and weight. Loudspeaker manufacturers have developed elegant rigging systems that allow systems to be deployed quickly and safely; nothing like that was available in the 70’s.”

A national company, located in the Chicago, Illinois area, TC Furlong currently employs 12 full-time staff members comprised solely of sound engineers, technicians, and industry veterans—each equipped with the knowledge to design the perfect audio solution for their customers’ audio needs. Jeff Cech, General Manager, who has been with the company for over 24 years (11 years as a freelancer and the past 13 years as GM) said, “TC set the company up for success and that model continues today. The backbone of the operation is a talented staff of engineers and project managers. We’ve always used premium gear and have a culture that insists on doing things the right way. We don’t cut corners—ever—and that filters down to the gear we stock, the jobs we take, and the people we hire. The focus for 40 years has been on better audio by design.”

Now, 40 years later, TC Furlong continues his business as an authorized dealer of over 100 professional audio lines with a vast inventory including Meyer Sound Laboratories, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Lectrosonics, Sennheiser (including the elite Digital 9000 RF series), Shure (including Axient), and many others. The company provides audio production rental systems, large and small, and continues to thrive in the sound installation market. Furlong’s motto for success is, “It’s not enough to just provide great audio equipment; our real strength is in listening to our clients and designing solutions.”

For more information on TC Furlong, visit www.tcfurlong.com.

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